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Sacris solemniis
author of text
Hymn at First Vespers at Corpus Christi

'Peñalosa: Masses' (CDH55326)
Peñalosa: Masses
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Track 7 on CDH55326 [6'14] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Sacris solemniis

Only one polyphonic verse of Peñalosa’s Corpus Christi Hymn Sacris solemniis survives—perhaps only one was ever written. In this recording, Bruno Turner’s reconstruction is used, so that for the complete Hymn Peñalosa’s polyphony alternates with the popular melody that was used in Spain from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century. The Toledo books (1515) and almost all others for over four hundred years give the tune in black breves and semibreves. The polyphony incorporates this melody in its texture in a slower time, surrounding it with lively counterpoint. For the technically minded, the tune’s original black brevis is the equivalent of the white semibrevis of the polyphony, thus this same tune, when embedded in the polyphony, is slowed threefold.

from notes by Martyn Imrie © 1993

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDH55326 track 7
Recording date
3 July 1992
Recording venue
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Peñalosa: Masses (CDA66629)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: March 1993
    Deletion date: July 2007
    Superseded by CDH55326
  2. Peñalosa: Masses (CDH55326)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: July 2011
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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